From correspondent Maria Magher
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board voted Thursday night to appoint former board member Jean Hamilton to fill the seat left vacant by Joe Green.
Green, who abruptly resigned his position on Sept. 17 to accept a job in Wisconsin, and Michelle Brownstein were elected to fill seat left vacant by Hamilton and Lisa Stuckey last November.
Board member Jamezetta Bedford made the recommendation to appoint Hamilton, adding that she had spoken to Hamilton, who was “quite willing to serve.”
Originally, the board was scheduled to discuss only what process would be chosen to select a new board member: Either to appoint a former board member, or to invite applications from the public and conduct interviews. A proposed timeline for the latter option would have selected a candidate by Nov. 18.
Neither state law nor board policy specifies a process for filling the seat, thereby leaving it to the discretion of the board.
Several board members cited concerns over the “learning curve” required of a new board member and the demands of the upcoming search for a new superintendent.